Meal Plan; 9-13 May

I have a funny yet odd tradition, which I’m sure many people have too. For many years, since I was a teenager, I have watched classic horror movies when Friday lands on the 13th. Movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Lost Boys, Maximum Overdrive, Fright Night, Hellraiser, The Return of the Living Dead, and other great scary movies.

80s classic horror movies

I “share” this tradition with my wife and older kids, although I watch the movies alone as they vacate the living room. Uncertain if they hate 80s horror movies or the ridiculous storyline and dialogues.

Unfortunately, I will miss this tradition on Friday, much to the “disappointment” of my better half, but I’m going on a rafting trip with my son and his scout troop. I might bring an iPad with Friday the 13th movie downloaded to get into the camping mood.

Alice: The boy…

Sgt. Tierney: What boy?

Alice: The little boy, Jason! The one who pulled me underneath the water!

Sgt. Tierney: Man… we didn´t find any boy.

Alice: Then he is still there…

Friday the 13th, 1980

German style

It is time to visit another country, explore cuisines from around the world, and attempt to feed the family with traditional dishes from the selected country.

Welcome to Germany!

The old Vaterland caused havoc in Europe a few times in the past couple hundred years, especially during the 1930s to 1940s. However, Germany has a rich history spanning centuries and has been an economic powerhouse of Europe for some time now.

Germany is not exactly known for its exotic cuisine, and the language is not easy to master. Pronouncing some words can remind you of an angry person in a horror movie or Indiana Jones.

Guten heute leute. Alles super gut. Schmetterling. Zwiebel. Krankenwagen.

When I was a kid in the old Viking country, Denmark, and growing up, we had to learn both English and German from an early age. English because it is a world language, and I guess German if we got invaded again.

Let me be clear; there’s nothing sexy about the German language.

Compared to other world languages

Besides the obvious challenges with the German language, I have still spent many hours and days living in the German culture.

Denmark and Germany are neighbors. The only TV channels we could see in the 70s and early 80s were German. For some reason, most TV shows were American, and they were all dubbed into German.

When I visited the US in 1989, I heard David Hasselhoff’s authentic voice for the first time and understood that not everyone spoke German.

Because of the geographical location and being a central part of Europe, German-inspired food “invaded” the Danish dinner table. Like our German neighbors, the Danes eat a lot of pork, rye bread, sausages, bacon, potatoes, gravy, and pickled vegetables such as beetroot and cabbage.

I want to give my kids a taste of German cuisine, hence this week’s theme.

Essen Vorbereiten

Marinading the beef for sauerbraten

As with my French-themed meal plan, I prepare school lunches and family dinners. I would’ve focused on family dinners in the past, but extending it to lunches is broadening my understanding of meal prepping.

I was surprised to see how similar the dishes are to the Danish kitchen and wondered who inspired who.

The German cuisine and recipes are based on country-side family full dinners, consisting of a lot of pork, potatoes, greens, and cabbage.  You can almost envisage a large family sitting down and digging into a large pork roast, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

Making German food is not as complicated as Italian and French cuisines. Everyone can make delicious German meals, and they are very filling.

I also discovered that German meals include a lot of onions. I mean, a lot of onions. For this week’s meal plan, I bought a large bag of onions and potatoes, and both are pretty much used. No wonder the Germans fart a lot! LOL

Most meals seem to be reasonably quick, which means minor prepping. However, the sauerbraten is marinading for up to 7 days, leaving me curious about the flavor and texture.

Fire up the Traeger. Ready your Dutch oven. Go shopping, and let’s start cooking—another Sunday in the Kitchen with music on the magical Demerbox and wonderful aromas filling the room.

MondayBavarian chicken meatball hoagieBratkartofel with easy-over egg
TuesdayOktober fest strudleSchnitzel with red cabbage and spaetzle
WednesdayHam & potato salad sandwichSpinach & Mushroom soup with spaetzle
ThursdayCurrywurst with potato pancakesSauerbraten with mash and sauerkraut
FridayCheese and meat selection with country breadDark beer marinated beercan chicken with sauerkraut and beetroot.

One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!

Have a fantastic week, my friends. I hope you enjoy these meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours in preparing the meals during the weekend.

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